Lier Begijnhof

Top choice historic building in Lier

Originally founded in 1258, this Unesco site is one of Belgium’s prettiest 'street' begijnhoven, a picture-perfect grid of cobbled lanes lined with archetypal houses around the baroque-fronted 1671 St-Margaretakerk.

The Wenzenstraat entrance is two short blocks southwest of Zimmerplein. The southern door leads out onto the riverbank walk. Several houses have kantkring (lace-making clubs) whose members meet a few afternoons a week to work on their techniques, with visitors usually welcome to watch.

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